BANG FOR YOUR BUCK: 5 ways to save on heating bill

BANG FOR YOUR BUCK: 5 ways to save on heating bill

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Now that winter season is close, cold temperatures will stick around and WMC Action News 5's Andrew Douglas has five quick ways to get more Bang for Your Buck on your heating bill.

1. Deck the halls with LED lights.

LED Holiday lights use up to 90 percent less energy. For example the costs to operate an incandescent string of lights costs about $10, but the same LED string of lights costs a little over a quarter. That's $10 of savings per string.

2. Stop throwing money out the window.

Your home loses most of its heat to drafts and air leaks, inside and outside the home. Simple steps like caulking windows, sealing leaks around chimneys and sliding draft guards under your doors can save you up to 20 percent on heating costs.

3. Maintain your furnace.

Change your furnace filters regularly. A dirty furnace filter will slow down air flow, making the system work harder and costing you more money. Consider getting a winter tune-up, saves you money and can make your home more comfortable.

4. Let your thermostat think for you.

Don't waste money heating an empty home. A programmable thermostat allows you to set times to lower or turn up your heat, saving you $180 or more during the winter months.

5. Let the sunshine in.

Open blinds and curtains to naturally heat your home with sunlight, saving you up to 12 percent on your bill.

If you have an idea for Bang for Your buck, find Andrew on social media or email him at adouglas@wmctv.com.

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